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What are the benefits of Copyright Registration.

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A certificate of copyright registration creates a public record of information about the authorship and ownership of a work. This includes its title, the name of its author, the name and address of the claimant or copyright owner, the year it was created, and whether it is published, has been previ...

Copyright vs patent: What is the difference between them?

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The main difference between a copyright and a patent is the kind of protection they offer.  The patent protects mostly inventions, such as machines, manufactured goods, industrial processes, and chemical compositions (i.e., drugs). Copyright protects original creations of authorship, inc...

What is copyright infringement?

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Copyright infringement occurs when someone, uses, copies, or distributes your work without your permission. When you find out that someone is infringing on your work you can send them a takedown notice, claim damages or license your work to them. Whatever you decide to do, you will need to h...

What rights do you have under Copyright?

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As a creator of a work, you have two types of rights under copyright: Economic rights: you have the right to allow or prevent the use of your work by others, and the right to be paid when others use your work. If you’re the economic rights owner of a work, you can prohibit or authorize its: ...

What is protected by Copyright?

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You can copyright protect the following types of work:  Any original intellectual creation of speech, art or science, expressed in any form notably written or oral text;Musical compositions, with or without text;Drama, with or without music; Choreographic, circus acts, pantomimes;Audio...

What is copyright?

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Copyright, otherwise known as “author’s right,” copyright is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their intellectual property - literary or artistic works that they have created.  Copyright means “the right to copy,” therefore, only the creator - or people permitted b...

Who can claim copyright?

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The copyright of a work always belongs to its creator. Therefore, only the creator - or someone else authorized by him - can claim and register copyright.  Multiple authors When two or more creators make a single work together, they are considered joint creators and have the same interest in ...

Why you should register your copyright?

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You are awarded copyright automatically when you produce a work that is in a tangible form (i.e. written down, painted, drawn, etc.).  However, registering your copyright gives you additional legal protection. This is because you may need to provide proof of ownership (or strong evidence of...
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